Peter Missing

Growing up in the Bronx of the 1950s and 1960s, artist, poet, musician and activist Peter Missing learned early about the importance of political involvement. His emblem of an upside-down martini glass, which he had actually designed in the 1980s […]

Biography / Peter Missing

Growing up in the Bronx of the 1950s and 1960s, artist, poet, musician and activist Peter Missing learned early about the importance of political involvement. His emblem of an upside-down martini glass, which he had actually designed in the 1980s as the band logo for his musical project at the time, Drunk Driving, soon became a symbol against gentrification, police violence and the capitalist society, and for environmental protection and the preservation of our planet. It could be found all over Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Even today, the element appears regularly in Missing’s paintings.

After several trips to (West) Germany, which was also socially charged, with extended stays in Hamburg, the artist decided to leave New York City in 1993 and make Berlin his new home. He worked as a set designer in film and taught art in schools across the country. He has run galleries in Berlin, Copenhagen and in Colorado, where he now lives and works.

Peter Missing’s work is represented in numerous national and international museums including The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Getty Institute, and the Stadt Museum in Berlin. In July 2021 he created a Community Wall for URBAN NATION in Berlin-Schöneberg.